Lineup: Amen Ra, Nadja, Eugene S. Robinson & Zeni Geva
April 10, 2009, 05:02 PM
Neurosis and Roadburn are very pleased to report that Amen Ra, Nadja, Eugene S Robinson & Zeni Geva have been confirmed as the last 4 bands for the inaugural European version of Neurosis' acclaimed Beyond The Pale festival, set to be held at Roadburn 2009 on Saturday, April 25, the 013 venue, Tilburg, Holland.
Scott Kelly comments: "Beyond The Pale is our mosaic. To us art is not supposed to be safe and prepackaged for easy consumption. If it does what it's intended to do then you won't know what hit you and you'll wake up the next morning with the taste of blood in your mouth and an old spirit will lead you to your next destination. Amen Ra is a band that shows you what dedication and heart will bring you if you have good friends. They are putting out multitudes of music, writing, art and inspiration. Their progression is moving at a pace that has distanced from others who only pretend to understand what it takes to do this. I fully expect their performance at Beyond The Pale to be in another dimension and we are honored to have them bring it us. There is a price to paid for this sonic gift and Amen Ra have demonstrated time and time again that they are willing to pay with blood."
"Slow, heavy, epic, downtuned, fuzz guitar drone with melodic hooks swirling around in a hazy cloud of sonic bliss. Nadja creates musical movements made for those specific moments when life needs an epic glacial soundtrack," says Steve Von Till. "Canada's duo Nadja is prolific to say the least. One look at their expansive discography is dizzying for any artist who has been around for over a decade, but Nadja have only been around since 2003. Nadja is of the few bands playing Beyond the Pale that I have never seen live, I cannot wait to witness this music loud as hell emanating out of a huge sound system."
"Eugene S. Robinson is an enigmatic warrior poet who will teach you in harshest of terms what you can never understand. There are no barriers to what this performance may bring... all things are possible when Eugene is in the room. He is a writer and performer of the highest order. In support of his first novel "FIGHT: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Ass-kicking But Where Afraid You'd Get Your Ass-kicked For Asking" Eugene will share his lifelong relationship to violence, be it physical or psychic, and bring it front and center to the 013. We have known as friends, worked with, and been fans of Eugenes' unique art and vision for well over 20 years and have witnessed countless performances of Eugenes' band Oxbow as well as many spoken word engagements and there is only one thing that I can say for sure... You will never forget this performance, and you damn well may wish that you could. Having Eugene be a part of Beyond The Pale is the single defining moment of what we want this day to be. We are now officially at the threshold, there is no turning back, let it be as it will be" -- Scott Kelly.
"For Neurosis, what is music but a survival mechanism, and a war for the soul? Zeni Geva embody this spirit. Our first show with Zeni Geva in 1991 at the Kennel Club in San Francisco was a truly transformative experience. That night we got to witness not only the amazing dirty psych rock of Houston's Pain Teens, but we were floored by the crushing combative power of Zeni Geva from Japan. Their music was totally unique. It was oppressive in its repetitive nature, with the aggressive aesthetic of the noise movement, and still reminded me occasionally of more psych or progressive influences. They carried themselves like warrior monks on stage doing battle for the sake of the sound. Over the last 18 years, I have witnessed their evolution from their first primitive battle cries to further pushing the limits of independent heavy music.Their albums "Desire for Agony", "Freedom Bondage", and "10,000 Light Years" (which we had the good fortune to release on Neurot Recordings) are among my favorite albums. Our concerts with Zeni Geva have always been some of our most memorable. I look forward to greeting my friends from Zeni Geva again in Holland and I know that I am not alone in anticipating that seeing them play live will once again be a near religious experience" -- Steve Von Till
* Also scheduled to appear at Beyond The Pale / Roadburn Festival 2009 are Earth, Grails, Grey Daturas, Guapo, Neurosis, OM, Six Organs of Admittance, Skullflower, A Storm of Light, Tribes of Neurot, U.S. Christmas & The Young Gods. In other related Roadburn Festival news, Akimbo and Beyond The Pale regret at the very last minute thatAkimbo can't make it, and we have replaced Asva with Italy's ZU. Campsite tickets for Roadburn 2009 are still available through www.roadburn.com. Beyond The Pale & Roadburn 2009 -- Europe's Terrorizer sponsored, pre-eminent festival for stoner, doom, psychedelica and other coloured metal -- sold out just 45 minutes after the tickets went on sale on Saturday, December 13.